Just before the Christmas break, Beirut Baptist School (BBS) hosted an exhibition for handmade crafts. It was prepared by the students of the SMART Program that is dedicated to preparing students with learning differences and special needs for the opportunities and challenges of everyday life.
The internet is a sea of information, some credible and others misleading. Parents find themselves hiding from taboo topics, in a way to shield their daughters from an overload of information.
After four years of crisis and unrest in Lebanon, many locals and refugees remain on the fringes of society receiving limited medical care as medications sold in USD are becoming inaccessible. Churches from abroad have mobilized reach out teams over the years to support our local churches as they seek to serve their communities.
My name is Omaya and I am from Egypt. My mother is Lebanese and my father is Egyptian. I was born in Egypt and when I was 3 months old, my mother left my father, my sister, and I, and went back to Lebanon alone.
Somewhere in my teenage years, I grew disillusioned with church, but my passion was rekindled after I joined the home church led by two ABTS graduates. At the home church, my faith grew, and I recommitted my life entirely to God.
We first learnt about the Child Friendly Space because they were offering music therapy and we registered Jana. The musical therapist in the center in turn felt that Jana needed to receive more psychosocial support and suggested she starts attending the full program of the center.
Members of the LSESD board remembered, “He never missed any board meeting except for very compelling reasons. Brother Boulos, as he liked us to call him, was always an institutional man, very serious, and very wise.”
People with disabilities are all around us. A friend of mine conducted a poll with a group of Christians regarding whether they have a close relationship with someone with a disability, and 65 percent said that they did.
The use of food vouchers allows the simple and small act of going to a general supermarket to boost the morale of the family and preserve their dignity.